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Jan 25 2004, 10:09 PM
Benfica's Hungarian international striker Miklos Feher has died after collapsing during a game on Sunday.
Feher suffered a heart attack during the league game between Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes.
The 24-year-old was stretchered off the pitch and brought to hospital after he collapsed unconscious.
The game was stopped for 15 minutes as team doctors tried to resuscitate the player but he later died in hospital.
Suprised there wasn't a thread on this already.
Sad news, 2 in the space of 12months isn't good :(
Jan 25 2004, 10:18 PM
no i cant believe it!!
so sad just reminds me of foe and brings a tear to my eye
Jan 25 2004, 10:22 PM
I saw it..it was like a carbon copy of foe..he simply just collapsed..i coudnt believe..he was only 24...my god... :ph34r:
Jan 25 2004, 10:29 PM
I hope they don't show it on sky sports news. Its one of those things you have to watch but feel really ill doing so :(
Jan 25 2004, 10:32 PM
very sad, along with the death of the ex brazilian footballer :( , RIP
Jan 25 2004, 10:36 PM
he just recieved a yellow card..he was smiling..and and...hejust leaned over and collapsed..THE ****EN AMBULENCE TOOK SO ****EN LONG :censored :censored :censored :censored :censored
Jan 25 2004, 10:53 PM
WTF i thought he was just knocked out
o **** whats really goin on
Jan 25 2004, 10:58 PM
Descanse em paz jovem guerreiro RIP
Jan 25 2004, 11:03 PM
Benfica's Hungarian international striker Miklos Feher collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack during the Portuguese giants league game against Vitoria, public radio RSP announced.
Feher, 24, was stretchered off the pitch after he collapsed unconscious after being given a yellow card during the game which Benfica won 1-0.
The game was stopped for 15 minutes as team doctors tried to resuscitate the player. He was transported by ambulance to hospital at Guimaraes, where he died later.
According to private radio TSF, dozens of fans gathered outside the hospital as his Benfica players awaited news of their colleague.
Feher, who made 18 appearances for Hungary, began playing for Benfica of Lisbon in 2002.
Jan 25 2004, 11:10 PM
Really unbelieveble that things could happen....arnt the clubs not full of profesional docters?
Isnt there anyone who can see it happen?
It happend to my team NAC also...a young player died of a heart attack wile playing...
RIP..... MIKLOS FEHER
(only 1 comment to mad_times.....it would have been better and more respecfull if you did put his name in the tread instead of ....a benfica striker dies...for the rest real good that you made this tread :bowing ...respect TO MIKLOS FEHER...oure team have 3 Hongarian players so im sure.. that they knom him...one of oure players got even the same last name but im not sure if they are relatives)
Jan 25 2004, 11:14 PM
Just took the title from the BBC website mate and to be fair I don't think it makes a difference if I put his name or not.
Jan 25 2004, 11:26 PM
Ok thats youre opinion but i think it does make a difference...cause from the moment he died he didnt die with the name Benfica striker on his head no he died as Miklos Feher....and we must respect him as his name....
But i think that this mean more to me then to you so i can understand you respond....but we NAC BREDA got a real good band with Hongaria...and this news really make me feel very bad,mad and sick....and i also really feel sorry for oure 3 Hongarian players...
Jan 25 2004, 11:32 PM
I feel sorry for him, his family and friends... In times like this, it doesnt matter if he was hungarian, slovenian or if he played for my team
Jan 26 2004, 01:16 AM
Rest In Peace...
Benfica's Feher dies after on-field collapse
By Carlos Pontes
LISBON, Jan 25 - Benfica's Hungarian international Miklos Feher died on Sunday after collapsing from a heart attack just before the end of a league game with Vitoria Guimaraes, a hospital spokesman said.
The 24-year-old striker was taken to a nearby hospital from the stadium in Guimaraes after falling to the ground in injury time.
Medical personnel struggled to save him for about 90 minutes "until about 11:10 p.m., without success, the player having died," the spokesman told private radio station TSF.
Television reports said that emergency medical personnel had managed to revive Feher on the field using a defibrillator. However, his heart had stopped by the time he reached hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
This was the second on-the-field death of a professional soccer player within seven months.
Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe died in June when he collapsed during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon in France. He was suffering from a heart-related condition.
The stadium in Guimaraes, about 200 miles (320 km) north of Lisbon, will be one of 10 hosting the European soccer championship finals this summer.
TSF radio announcers at the game spoke of a delay in the arrival of the ambulance but Domingos Gomes, a UEFA doctor, told RTP state television that despite "access difficulties" impeding the ambulance Feher had received adequate care. "Everything was quick," Gomes said.
Asked by TSF about the apparent delay in the ambulance's arrival, Gilberto Madail, chairman of the Portuguese Soccer Federation, said the dispatch of an ambulance was uncommon. He said Benfica personnel normally could deal with a heart attack.
"I don't know, but I presume that an ambulance would only enter when the doctors attending the player asked for it to come in," Madail said.
Feher had come on as a substitute after 60 minutes.
He bent over and then fell on his back. Team mates rushed to his side and one cradled his head.
When team medics tried to revive him, some Benfica players kneeled to pray while others were crying, including coach Jose Antonio Camacho.
Feher came to Portugal to play for Porto in the 1998/99 season from Hungary's Gyor Eto. He was traded to Benfica in 2002/03 season after being lent to Salgueiros and Braga.
RIP Miklos...you served our club well..
Jan 26 2004, 01:21 AM
Damn, just shows you how fragile footballers are, even though they are superfit.
RIP, see you in heaven.
Jan 26 2004, 05:59 AM
Sad to hear, cardiac problem...
Jan 26 2004, 07:51 AM
Trainers must take more care with players, this is the fourth footballer to die in the past 12 months, and three of them died from heart problems on the pitch, trainers need to do more checks because all these players are young and fit.
The Special One
Jan 26 2004, 01:13 PM
something has to be done, i was watching cameroon V algeria last night and a cameroon player was on the floor, not moving, and the algerians just played on, the guy got up and carried on but what if it had been something more serious, i think if a player goes down and stays down, play should immediatly stop, and if that player is diving or faking it, he should be sent off and banned for a long time, we cannot allow footballers to die on the pitch!
Jan 26 2004, 05:21 PM
Pal Dardai, another Hungarian international who plays for Hertha Berlin, lost his younger brother two years ago the exact same way.
Jan 26 2004, 06:27 PM
Jan 26 2004, 08:54 PM
Please stop with all the 'something must be done' comments. Something can't be done because nature will always have the better of man. When it's time to go, it's time to go. We all know that.
Jan 27 2004, 04:07 AM
Aye, so tragic, he collapsed just seconds after being shown a card. Poor guy, 24's way too young.
Is there an investigation into whether steroids (etc) may have caused a major part?
Jan 27 2004, 08:22 AM
Apparently a division 3 Swedish player died from the same circumstances last night. (So a Swedish fan tells me)
As saddening as this is I have to agree with Paisley, not much can really be done...especially with him having a heart condition
Jan 27 2004, 09:34 AM
Very sad news.
Agree, however, with Paisley. No matter how much you do there will alawys be accidents.
With millions playing football there have to be ones with body failures leading to death in the most critical situations.
There is only question if his disease was detected before?
Jan 27 2004, 04:11 PM
This is so sad, I saw the images in the news and I almost cried, he was so beautiful, he was smilling and... he collapsed :(
how it's possible that so much soccerplayers are dying nowadays?
24 is way to young, may he rest in peace.
Jan 28 2004, 06:59 PM
Rest in Peace
Feher laid to rest in Hungary after emotional farewell
January 28, 2004
GYOR, Hungary (AFP) - Nearly a thousand fans, family and teammates paid their final respects to Hungarian international Miklos Feher, who collapsed and died when playing for his club Benfica in Portugal on Sunday.
Among the mourners who filled a small chapel in Gyor in western Hungary, Feher's birthplace, were the entire Benfica squad flown over to attend the funeral.
"The entire world of football mourns you," Hungarian Football Federation president Imre Bozoky told the congregation which also included Hungarian and Portuguese government ministers, and Feher's teammates from the national team.
The 24-year-old Feher's casket was draped in a white cloth with stripes of the Hungarian flag and topped by a Benfica scarf.
"When the day comes that we win another championship," Benfica president Luis Filipe Vereira said, "we will also win it for you and we will also raise our glasses for your soul."
"It was a true soul, the soul of a true man," Vereira added in a choking voice through a Hungarian interpreter.
Most of the mourners braved a chilling cold as they waited outside the overflowing chapel near the snow-covered grounds of the cemetery, with many holding flowers and wiping away tears.
Tibor Fodor, a former teammate from Feher's days at the local top division club Gyor ETO, said they had played football together since their childhood days.
"What everyone has said about him and how nice he was to everybody, it's all true," Fodor said as he held a bouquet of flowers.
Feher, 24, collapsed playing for Benfica in a league match against Vitoria Guimaraes.
He was stretchered off the field in Guimaraes and taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards. An autopsy performed later proved to be inconclusive, according to the Portuguese prosecutor-general.
"You loved football so much that you even gave your life to it," said Feher's mother, Aniko, in an emotional speech recalling the player's childhood. "But I promise you that you will live on in our hearts."
"We will miss him terribly," said Dora Gal, who was standing outside the chapel with a single red rose in her hand recalling how she attended Feher's first-ever match for Gyor.
Feher, capped 25 times, moved to Portugal in the 1998/99 season from Gyor to play for FC Porto. He was signed by Benfica in 2002 after spells at Salgueiros and Braga.
"He was a perfect role model for any young person," Gal said, as an orange sunset illuminated the snow-covered grounds behind her where Feher found his final resting place.
News of Feher's sudden death has dominated newspaper headlines in Portugal and Hungary.
It followed that of Manchester City midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe who suffered a fatal heart attack when playing for Cameroon in last June's Confederation Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.
Nearly a thousand fans, family and teammates paid their final respects to Hungarian international Miklos Feher, who collapsed and died when playing for his club Benfica in Portugal on Sunday.
Jan 28 2004, 07:25 PM
In oure game tonight against Groningen who was stopped by the ref after 20min after heavy snowfall we did had a impresive 1 min silence for Miklos Feher...RIP MIKLOS FEHER.....NAC BREDA FANS WILL REMEMBER YOU FOR EVER :bowing :bowing
Jan 28 2004, 09:33 PM
we are trying to get a Feher Cup going with 3 Big teams in Portugal and the champion of Hungary
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